Foreign Exchange

Foreign Exchange is a weekly showcase of Rochester's international, multi-cultural communities. We cover current community events, showcase music, cuisine, and destinations of a different region every week, and host guests for our community connection interview and silly international trivia.

The show started as a four-host extravaganza and has evolved to be co-hosted by Nisha and Maria, who connected at a TED event in Rochester.

Like us on Facebook! Follow us on Twitter @ForEx_WAYO! We are always looking for guests. If you have traveled, worked, were born in, have parents from, have visited, or have studied in or simply studied a place other than the continental US, we would love to hear your perspective! Please get in touch.

Past Episodes

  • August 15, 2016 - Wroclaw, Poland Aired: Monday, August 15, 2016

    Our guest, Kitty Hubbard, returns from her Fulbright Fellowship in Wroclaw, Poland, and shares her insights on her work, arts and culture in Wroclaw, changes since her last visit, and opera in Poland. This show also features traditional Polish music with a modern twist and good ole Chopin.

  • July 25, 2016 - Guatemala Aired: Monday, July 25, 2016

    This episode starts with little-known facts about Guatemala (deadly Christmas celebrations and national birds, among others), followed by an in-depth interview with visitors from the Qachuu Aloom (Mother Earth) Association in Rabinal, Guatemala, and their partners from The Garden's Edge, New Mexico, and the Guatemala Partners at the Gates Presbyterian church.
    More information is available on our guests' websites: and

  • July 18, 2016- Adventures in Food while traveling on a Budget Aired: Monday, July 18, 2016

    Food costs can take a big bite out of any traveler's budget. How can you save money but still eat well? Join our team as we share stories and tips from travel across the world including South East Asia, Europe and South America. Featuring music from Sweden, Vietnam and UK

  • July 11, 2016- Multiculturalism in the Workplace Aired: Monday, July 11, 2016

    Join us and our special guest, Kyle Macey as we discuss multiculturalism in the workplace. As always, we feature a range of world music

  • June 27, 2016 - Serbia Aired: Monday, June 27, 2016

    We talk to Milan about his native Serbia -- what's it like to be born in a country that does not exist anymore (Yugoslavia)? What are the differences between Serbian and Croatian? What Serbian scientists should Americans know about? Folk Serbian music is featured.

  • June 20, 2016- Peru Aired: Monday, June 20, 2016

    In this episode of Foreign Exchange, we're joined by Stephanie Murickan of Peruvian heritage as she discusses the world of Peruvian cuisine along with her recommendations for places to visit in Peru. Find out about unique new years eves traditions from the country as well as the influences made by various immigrant cultures on Peru.

  • June 13, 2016 - Nigeria Aired: Monday, June 13, 2016

    We talk to Chinedu from Nigeria, answer trivia questions, and listen to some Afrobeat and Juju music!
    Why is there a manatee on the episode icon? Listen to find out.

  • June 6, 2016 - Dominican Republic Aired: Monday, June 6, 2016

    We talk about the Dominican Republic, its best-known musical export -- bachata, and various other bits of trivia. Music played during the episode ranges from bachata to merengue to rock in Spanish.

  • May 30, 2016- Musical Influences from 90s Aired: Monday, May 30, 2016

    In this episode, Maria and Nisha are joined by their spouses as they discuss songs from the 90s that made an impact on them. From regional music to international songs, we explore the many dimensions to how we listened to the music from the 90s.

  • May 23, 2016- International Visitors Aired: Monday, May 23, 2016

    We learn about opportunities and organizations available to international visitors to Rochester by speaking with Garrett Jordan from Linkages & Cecelia Johnson from Rochester International Connections. From facilitating cultural interactions to immersive experiences, Rochester and its residents provide a rich experience to our International guests. Tune in hear more from our two guests.